United Way of Marshall County is gearing up for its 20th Annual Day of Caring event which will be held Tuesday, September 12. On this day, groups of volunteers as well as individual volunteers will go out to local nonprofit agencies for a day of service. Day of Caring will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast held at the First Baptist Church of Albertville. Participation in Day of Caring is open to everyone. Breakfast tickets and t-shirts are $8 each and are free to participating project volunteers. 

“We are always thrilled to host our annual Day of Caring, but this year is particularly special since we will be celebrating our 20th year of the event,” said United Way of Marshall County Executive Director Carrie Thomas. “It is incredible to know that this community has been coming together and serving others on such a large scale for so many years.”

Companies, organizations, civic groups and residents can get involved and support Day of Caring by forming a team and adopting a project, purchasing t-shirts or attending the breakfast and helping kick off this year’s fundraising campaign. Day of Caring promotes the value of volunteerism and demonstrates that neighbors helping neighbors can create positive change in the lives of children, families and seniors.

Casual Day is also an event held in conjunction with United Way’s Day of Caring. Many companies sponsor a Casual Day to support Day of Caring by making the event t-shirts available to their employees. Any company or individual who would like to support Day of Caring, but cannot actively participate in a project, can purchase Day of Caring t-shirts by contacting United Way.

This year, there are around 100 projects up for adoption which includes several new ones. A few of the projects include, reading to and playing with children, delivering meals to the elderly and homebound, hands-on building and repair projects, various collection drives and more. These projects will assist such agencies and programs as American Red Cross, Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, CAJA, Child Advocacy Center, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, Marshall County Home Place, Marshall County Arc, Domestic Violence Crisis Services and other worthwhile agencies in Marshall County.

The full Day of Caring project list can be found by visiting United Way of Marshall County’s website or Facebook page, or by contacting the United Way office. All project adoption request forms must be turned in to the United Way office by Friday, August 11.

Day of Caring will also kick off United Way’s 2017/2018 fundraising campaign. This year’s campaign goal will be announced along with the total already raised through this year’s pacesetter companies. Attendees can also expect some special surprises thrown in to honor the event’s 20th year. This year’s campaign is led by Campaign Chair Steve Knowles with Ameriprise in Albertville.

2017 Day of Caring sponsors include: First Bank Mortgage, Mueller, Peoples Independent Bank, Progress Rail, Publix, Syncro, Total Dental Care, Tyson Foods and Vantage Bank.

For more information on Day of Caring, please contact Lauren Walker at United Way of Marshall County at (256) 582-4700 or email lauren@unitedwaymarshall.org.